Johnny Weir said he’s willing to be arrested to make people pay attention to Russian anti-gay laws

Johnny Weir is officially my new hero.

Figure skater Johnny Weir is gay, married to a man of Russian descent, and hoping to skate for the U.S. in Sochi. Russia’s anti-gay laws hit him close to home. Weir knows if he makes the U.S. team, he will be in danger of being arrested when he competes in Sochi.

This doesn’t deter him from wanting to make his third Olympics. Weir said if he is arrested for the better treatment of the LGBT community in Russia, “so be it.”

“If it takes me getting arrested for people to pay attention, and for people to lobby against this law, then I’m willing to take it,” he said to CBS, adding: “Like anyone, I’m scared to be arrested. But I’m also not afraid of being arrested.”

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